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Ipswich Hospital set to rally for higher wages - do you think the cap should be lifted?

PUBLISHED: 11:01 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 28 September 2017

Union members at Ipswich Hospital are preparing to strike. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Union members at Ipswich Hospital are preparing to strike. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

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Staff from Ipswich Hospital who have “paid the price for austerity” will rally tomorrow to put pressure on the Government to increase their wages.

The 1% cap on pay rises in the public sector was lifted this month for police and prison officers, bolstering hopes that the limit for NHS workers will also be scrapped.

Organised by UNISON, the protest will take place from 12-2pm outside the hospital’s main entrance, joined by Ipswich MP Sandy Martin, who says workers will start to quit if they’re not paid more.

Sasha Pearce, head of health for UNISON in the eastern region, said: “This is a very real issue for our members delivering health and other vital public services, who for years under this Government have paid the price for austerity.”

Union convenor at Ipswich Hospital, Maggie Ulph, added: “Staff at the trust work really hard to deliver much needed services to ensure the health and wellbeing of those under their care, very often under immense pressures.

“It’s hard to think of any of them struggling financially because of this Government’s imposed pay restraint policies.

“We call upon this Government to end the pay restraint and pay public sector workers what they have been denied for many years.”

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